The BEST Nuts & Bolts Mix Recipe

nuts and bolts mix recipe I was SO looking forward to including this recipe with you all as part of my Christmas series, but things played out a bit differently this month (you can read about it here), and it just wasn't possible to get this up... until now. Though I prepared this as Christmas gifts, the mix would still work wonderfully for New Years (or let's be serious, any time of year)!Before I jump into the goods, I have to give a big shoutout to a friend who kindly shared this recipe with me. After receiving this mix for a couple Christmases (and secretly hiding it in the back of the fridge from the rest of my family... totally serious), I just had to ask her if she wouldn't mind sharing and she didn't at all (woo hoo)!


DRY INGREDIENTS: -1 Box Chex cereal (equivalent to 4 cups or as desired) -1 Box Cheerios (... 4 cups or as desired) -1 Pkg Cheddar Cheese Bits n Bites mix -1 Pkg Cheddar Goldfish crackers -1 pkg Bugles -Nuts as desired

SEASONING: -3/4 cup oil -3/4 cup melted butter -1/2 tsp chives -2 tsp Worcestershire sauce -1 tsp garlic -1.5 tsp onion powder -1/2 tsp Greek seasoning -1/2 tsp celery salt -1 tsp lemon pepper -2 tbsp dill weed

DIRECTIONS: -Preheat oven to 350 degrees -Combine dry ingredients in large roast pan -Mix seasoning ingredients together -Add seasoning mix to dry ingredients, combining until dry ingredients are covered -Bake for 1.5 hours, stirring mixture every 15 minutes

ENJOY! If you try this recipe, I'd love your feedback!

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


IMG_5301   We're friends, so I'll call a spade a spade with you; when it comes to baking, I have high expectations, with minimal ability. Great combination, right? I plan on recruiting the talents (and patience) of my Mum, in learning to bake (and share with you), but for now... let's keep things simple. I wanted something that was easy, quick, and yummy. I had been noting this three ingredient muffin recipe all over the internet, which appeared to offer full-on fall flavour; combining pure pumpkin, spice cake mix, and chocolate chips... what more could I ask for?! I couldn't wait to try it, so I took a dreary Saturday morning and whipped up these bad boys.    They were definitely easy and super quick! The kids loved them (huge bonus, because pumpkin is the new "super food" full of antioxidants) and they definitely gave me the pumpkin-spice fix I was needing. I'll be candid, they're not "from scratch" tasting, but pretty close. Oh, and they don't come out overly cute - more of the lumpy look (so perhaps, not what you'll be bringing to the next bake sale). However, I would definitely make them again. Next time, I might get a little adventurous (ha)!) and opt for walnuts instead of the chocolate chips. The recipe does say you can switch the spice cake mix for chocolate, but I think I'd keep that the same as I really enjoy the combination of pumpkin and spice. Here is the recipe should you wish to try it for yourself (and you should): IMG_5283   Ingredients: -1 Box of Cake Mix (Chocolate or Spice) -1 15oz Can (or 1 3/4 cups) of Pure Pumpkin (I couldn't buy a smaller can, so I used half of a larger one) -1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips Directions: -Preheat oven to 350 F -Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl -Grease or paper line muffin tins -Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the middle comes out clean Yields: 12 muffins What are some of your favourite fall baked goods? Do share!